Our Research : Prospective Randomized Control Trial for Shoulder Pathology

Prospective Randomized Control Trial For Shoulder Pathology

If you are interested please contact Barbara Lutz, RN at 305-243-3860

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Felix, PhD

Abstract:
The purpose of this study is to compare changes in ultrasound findings, physical examination, and symptoms of shoulder pain between people who receive a 12-week exercise program and those who receive education only and no exercise program. It is presumed that people who receive the 12-week exercise program will significantly improve shoulder pathology and will exhibit greater decreases in shoulder pain.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Candidates will be men or women, 20 years of age or older.
2. Candidates must have paraplegia from a traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, and be at least 1 year post-injury;
3. Candidates use a manual wheelchair for at least the majority of the time.
4. Candidates must have the presence of at least moderate shoulder pain (rating of >=4 on a 0-10 rating scale for average pain intensity) for 3 or more months.